Virtual Field Trips for Social Studies

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Virtual Field Trips for Social Studies will help bring life and engagement to your lesson.  Do you remember going on field trips with your students? With budgets and distance learning, opportunities for in-person field trips are limited. However, virtual field trips are available for your students! If you have internet access, you can take a virtual field trip. Also, most virtual field trips are free! Overall, there are virtual field trip ideas for everyone. Get ready to take your students on these virtual field trips for social studies. Here are a few virtual field trip ideas to help get you started!

Virtual Field Trip for Social Studies
#1     9/11  Memorial

The first virtual field trip for social studies is the great 9/11 Memorial in New York.  First, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is an incredible resource to introduce your social studies students to a piece of modern American history. Of course, the content surrounding September 11 is sensitive. That's one reason why this New York City virtual field trip is so powerful. 

First, book low cost virtual field trips for social studies through the  9/11 Memorial & Museum website. Also, the virtual field trips for social studies are appropriate for an audience and customized for grades 3–12. Finally, the educational staff from the memorial and museum give the virtual tours via Zoom and help connect to social studies curriculum. 

In addition, resources for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum virtual field trip are included with the Social Studies virtual field trips bundle

To begin, your students will fill out a KWL chart to share what they already know about 9/11 and explore what they would like to learn about on the tour. After the tour, this is one of the virtual field trip ideas that you definitely want students to reflect upon. Overall, the bundle includes materials to help your students reflect on their experience.

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Virtual Field Trip for Social Studies
#2    Holocaust Museum

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Come along and join us on virtual field trip holocaust museum.  Next, take a virtual field trip for social studies to the United States Holocaust Museum. This tour is done online and also includes scenes similar to Google Expeditions. 

To begin, the Holocaust museum virtual field trip also includes the permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, and the Hall of Witness and Hall of Remembrance. In addition, there is also a virtual tour of the conservation lab. Students click through the scenes to see information about each area of the museum. Of course, this is another sensitive topic. Special resources from the museum are valuable for you and your students. 

Overall, this is one of the most powerful virtual field trip ideas you can use in your classroom. The Holocaust Museum shares lesson plans and resources to educate students and staff about the history of this tragic time. Of course, virtual field trips for social studies, including this Holocaust Museum virtual field trip, are included in the virtual field trips bundle along with 35 additional virtual field trip ideas!

Virtual Field Trip for Social Studies
#3  The Smithsonian Virtual Field Trip

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Another virtual field trip idea for virtual field trip for social studies is the Smithsonian Virtual Field Trip to the Smithsonian Museum. This Washington D.C. virtual field trip is one of my favorite virtual field trips for social studies! Overall, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History also has several virtual field trip ideas for you and your students. Of course, there is no need to register. It's simple to get started. To begin, just share the link, and have your students log on and explore. Supplement with resources from the Social Studies virtual field trips bundle to prepare for the Smithsonian virtual field trip and reflect on the experience.

Finally, check out all the tour offerings for Smithsonian virtual field trips! 

Overall, there are so many possibilities for virtual field trips for social studies through the Smithsonian!

More Virtual Field Trips for Social Studies

Where will your students travel without leaving the comfort of their classroom or home? These virtual field trips for social studies can take your students around the country! There are also virtual field trip ideas for every grade level. 

Finally, explore the following social studies virtual field trips with no prep resources to plan your lessons and allow reflection for students. First, share the directions with your students. Next, fill out the KWL chart (the know and want to know happen before the virtual field trip). Finally, have your students reflect on their virtual field trip for social studies. 

Other Virtual Field Trip Ideas

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In addition to virtual field trips for social studies, also try these virtual field trip ideas for students to use across content areas. 

Overall, the virtual field trips bundle contains 36 incredible virtual field trip ideas!

How will you use virtual field trips for social studies in your classroom? Use these virtual field trip ideas to add to your curriculum. In addition, try some virtual field trip ideas for indoor recess activities or other extensions. There are so many virtual field trip ideas to explore with your students. Where will you go first on your virtual field trip?